Within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction, the past few years have witnessed a strong upsurge of interest in the more personal aspects of human relationships with these artificial partners. Nowhere has this strength of interest been more apparent than at Maastricht University, where the defence of a recent PhD thesis, “Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners”, attracted wide media publicity on an unprecedented scale; therefore, Maastricht University is organizing and hosting the 1st International Conference on Human-Robot Personal Relationships, during the period June 12-13, 2008.


Please find the provisional program of the Human Robot Conference June 12-13, 2008.

Please mind the deadline for the early registration June 1, 2008.

Call For Papers

Conference sessions are planned on the following topics:

  • Robot Emotions
  • Robot Personalities
  • Gender Approaches
  • Affective Approaches
  • Psychological Approaches
  • Sociological Approaches
  • Roboethics
  • Philosophical Approaches

We welcome contributions in the form of an extended abstract (max 1500 words) and / or paper. For this conference we use the ICGA style files. Please use either the latex or the word template.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for abstracts or papers: April 30, 2008
  • Notification of acceptance: May 18, 2008
  • Deadline for final versions: July 14, 2008

Conference Proceedings:

Submissions will be peer-reviewed. A selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in an international volume of the proceedings to be published in the Critical Studies series (Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York). The language of the conference is English.

Submission address:


MICC-Maastricht ICT Competence Centre

Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Maastricht University, P.O. box 616, 6200 MD, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Conference Venue

The Karl Dittrich zaal, Maastricht University, Bonnefantenplein 2, Maastricht, The Netherlands. (number 7 on the map below).

For hotels and tourist information please refer to the VVV website.

Map of Maastricht University

Invited Speakers


To register please fill in the Human Robot 2008 Registration Form and fax it to (+31) (0)43-38 84897. Registration fees are as follows:

Before June 1, 2008 After June 1, 2008
Non-Students with dinner € 160 € 210
Non-Students without dinner € 125 € 175
Phd Students with dinner € 110 € 135
Phd Students without dinner € 75 € 100
Students without dinner € 25 € 25

Registration includes coffee breaks, 2 lunches, and proceedings.


Programme Chair:

Programme Committee:

Organization Committee:


For more information please contact the organizing committee & secretariat: Joke Hellemons and Liesbeth Nederlands.

Telephone: (+31) (0)43 388 3525

Email: humanrobot@micc.unimaas.nl